After a tough Mt. Fuji climb, our team had enough time in Tokyo that we were able to beat the chance roaming around several popular destinations. Tokyo is a highly urbanize city and although time is of a requirement there is no problem in the transportation because the train transport in the area is very comprehensive, distributing number of stations in almost all key city sites. Here are six sites we visited and enjoyed before flying back to the Philippines last September 10.
This is a popular Buddhist temple located in Asakusha. The trading streets and beautiful temples laid out in the entire location have become points of interest, making it one of Tokyo’s most vibrant sites. Souvenir items and street foods of assorted varieties can be bought here. Some local beliefs are being practiced here also. Sensoji Temple is considered as the oldest temple in Tokyo and it presents a historical significance of Japan.
Shibuya is a major commercial and business center as it houses the busiest railways in the world. This area is a fashion center in Japan, from it rises beautiful thumbnails which represents Japan in almost all virtual platforms.
Aside from the busy thoroughfare, another attraction on the other side of Shibuya is the replica of Hachiko, an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Odate. He is remembered for a heroic act as good friend and servant to his owner that he never leaves until his owner dies.
This is a district situated in central Tokyo known for its many electronic shops. It is Tokyo’s major shopping center for household electronic goods. We went there and had some good buys. Prevalent images and items of manga and anime are being displayed in Akihabara.
Two days before flying back to the Philippines we visited Imperial Palace, an abode in Edo Castle site where the Imperial Family resides. I was amazed by the remarkable channels and stone wall structures built within the circumference of the place which are being melded by the green landscape made up of familiar Japanese ornamentals. It is a living vestige that depicts historical and cultural significance of Japan, allowing them to open it to the public for educational, as well as for aesthetic reasons.
This open park in Tokyo is a public refuge for people who want to take respite amidst busy city life. After roaming around Ueno District we took a breather here and mingled with the tamed black birds. Around the park there are plenty of food and shopping stalls to satisfy ones spending habit. The one thing we missed in Ueno Park is the trees that turned into cherry color during spring, a very festive scenery.
This tower is the tallest in the entire Tokyo and reached its height to 634 meters in 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, lodging out the famous Canton Tower in China. It is located in Sumida. An outdoor viewing tour in Skytree can also be paired with shopping as there are malls within the district that serves as a component to the tower premises.
Personally, I think of Skytree tower as another expression of how great the Japanese are in terms of architecture and engineering. Somehow it declares persistence of the people and a statement that Tokyo, or Japan in general, is one of the most developed countries in the world.